X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Simon Kinberg Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Jessica Chastain, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Evan Peters, Scott Shepherd, Ato Essandoh, Halston Sage, Lamar Johnson. That sound you hear is the sound of a once formidable Marvel franchise crashing and burning. Fox studios launched the X-Men franchise in 2000, bringing to the screen the mutant superheroes who struggled for acceptance in a world full of hate and suspicion. The X-Men have appeared in twelve films, Continue reading

ST KILDA FILM FESTIVAL – interview with festival director Paul Harris

by GREG KING The St Kilda Film Festival again serves up a wonderful program of short films covering a range of themes and genres. There are also a number of Q&A sessions, and film making workshops throughout the festival. 2019 marks Paul Harris’ 21st year as program director for the festival, but this will be his last year at the helm. The festival screens from June 21 through to June 30. Opening night is at the Palais in St Kilda, with other screenings at the St Kilda Town Hall. Greg speaks to Paul Harris to learn more about this year’s festival line up, some of Continue reading

THE CANDIDATE – interview with Helen Gaynor

by GREG KING The Candidate is an observational documentary in which filmmaker Helen Gaynor follows Greens candidate Alex Bhathal over the final weeks of her campaign to win a seat in Parliament during the last election. Greg spoke to filmmaker Helen Gaynor about the documentary which screens at Melbourne’s Nova Cinema on July 28 as part of the Melbourne International Documentary Film Festival. http://www.mediafire.com/file/ca1unuj3tb33jx8/240530_001.MP3/file Continue reading

BRIGHTBURN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Yarovesky Stars: Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A Dunn, Matt Jones, Emma Hunter, Becky Wahlstrom, Meredith Hagner, Gregory Allen Williams. A mix of superhero movie, sci-fi and horror, Brightburn cleverly inverts the Superman myth. The film takes the familiar elements of the Superman story and inverts them, giving the material a more cynical and darker edge. Make no mistake this is fairly bleak stuff at times, with a downbeat ending. A spacecraft crashes to earth, landing near the farm of Tori (Elizabeth Banks, Continue reading

RED JOAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Trevor Nunn Stars: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Ben Miles, Stephen Campbell Moore, Tereza Srbova, Tom Hughes, Kevin Fuller, Ciaran Owens. We first meet octogenarian widow Joan Stanley (played by Judi Dench) when MI5 agents arrest her in her own home and charge her with treason. An elderly retired librarian she is the last person one would suspect of being a spy. As she is interrogated and tries to defend her choice, Joan’s story unfolds in a series of lengthy flashback sequences. In 1938 Joan (played by Sophie Cookson, from Continue reading